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Some of you know that I’m a librarian. I’ve been thinking a lot, since moving back to the US, about what skills I can bring to bear on making my community and country better places to live. Since I’m trained in curating, analyzing and sharing information, I decided that what I could do is help people learn better skills and dispositions for dealing with fake/false news and media manipulation. I’m partnering with @humanitiesmontana for their Informed Citizens series and my first gig is at my own @missoulapubliclibrary talking about how fake news spreads. I’m super honored and more than a little freaked out because, 1) it’s my library and I want to do a good job for them, and 2) it’s a complicated topic with exactly zero easy answers. Anyway, it’s my way of giving back (and fighting back) using the tools and education I have. If you’re interested in me using this space over 2020 to share tips and tricks with you let me know. I’m sure I can fit those in between photos of cats and cars! 😉#fakenews #fightfakenews #librarian #librarianlife #humanitiesmontana #informedcitizens #democracy #criticalthinking #mediamanipulation #missoula #missoulapubliclibrary #think #library #loveyourlibrary
Man. I did not think @ourblackcoffee @blackcoffee.mt could make me any happier, but these gift boxes are the. best. Needed some Missoula gifts for friends out of state and this is perfect. #blackcoffeeroastingco #coffee #madeinmissoula #buylocal #missoula #theperfectgift #missoulamade #locallyowned #ilovecoffee
Today I went to the vet and got all but three of my toenails cut before I bit the tech and drew blood. The vet said I’m healthy enough to put up a good fight. I’m told you never get a second chance to make a first impression. I think they’ll remember me. #thejadekitten #biter #vetvisit #dontmesswithme #vicious #showemwhosboss #cat #kitten #catsofinstagram #kittensofinstagram #ihatethevet

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There are any number of birds here that Steve and I refer to as “ground chickens.” I don’t know why we do this, since chickens themselves are “ground chickens,” but one of the most interesting are the Kori Bustards – which are actually closer to “ground turkeys” than chickens.

These birds are the heaviest flying bird in southern Africa, and they spend most of their time on the ground, flying only when absolutely necessary and not letting anyone get close to them. Some of the ones we’ve seen in the Kalahari are huge, and they strut along the ground with their beaks pointed skyward looking, as Lonely Planet says, “aloof.” They’re brown and white and can be difficult to see in the tall grasses, but when we do see them they’re fantastic. I find them to be really interesting birds – they’re fairly omnivorous but, fun fact, prefer toasted grasshoppers and small animals caught in grassfires.

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One comment on “Beasts of Botswana – The Kori Bustard

  1. Stephanie Edwards says:

    Love the national bird of Botswana.

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